Since I was in high
school I wanted my career to be in a field where I could benefit the lives of
other I did not want to live life just making money. My mother recently went
back to college and got her master’s degree; now she is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She
works with people of all ages that need a little more help to live a normal life
just like everyone else. This is why I choose to go into my program of
Pre-Occupational Therapy. I not only wanted to fulfil my dreams of working in a
field that helps others, but to also be able to follow in the footsteps of my
wonderful mother. Pre-Occupational Therapy is a
form of therapy for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that
encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in
daily life. These actives are designed to help people in need to be able to
fulfill their goals in life whether they are trying to get a job or to go to work.
No other major at PSU could meet the needs of Pre-Occupational Therapy because
there so many prerequisite classes that are needed from many disciplines.
Plymouth State University simply does not offer the standard major of Occupational
Pre-Occupational Therapy requires many courses
from many disciplines that a contract had to be formed. This contract contains
courses mostly from the disciplines of biology and psychology. This is due to
having to know a lot about a patient’s body, their psychological state, and
their disabilities that are limiting them from having a normal life. The first
course in the contract is IS2222
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. This course is one of the key
building blocks to my own major. It builds a structure
opportunity to frame and plan a deliberate and thoughtful interdisciplinary
program of study. My next course in my contact is IS4420 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar. This course is
closely related to the IDS Intro class and is the other key building block to
my major. This course is in my contract because it gives me a chance as a
senior to reflect. When I am older and ready to graduate I get a chance to look
back at my accomplishments and even my failures. Through this I am able to
celebrate what I did and learn from what I could have done better. This course
will teach me what it really means to be an educated person and how to take
what I have learned and apply it into the real working world.
next class on my contract is PE2731
Motor Development. In this course I will examine and analyze changes in
motor behavior across the lifespan, the processes that underlie these changes,
and the factors that affect them. This is greatly important to my program
because as an Occupational Therapist we need to understand the underlying
process of the development of motor functions and how those functions can
relate to mental or physical disabilities. The next course in the contract is PE3270 Motor Learning. In Motor Learning
I will be examining the theoretical foundations and related literature that
underlie the learning, performing, and retention of motor skills with
implications for teaching, coaching, and physical rehabilitation. This course
is very key to my program; OT is about taking our knowledge, and sharing and
teaching that information to those with disabilities so they can have a normal
structured life. Continuing on the list the next course on the contract is PE3570 Kinesiology. In this course I
will be studying the application of biomechanical principles and concepts to
human movement. The course examines both qualitative and quantitative
perspectives of muscular movement, the mechanics and analysis of human motion.
This class in a fundamental class to all health sciences programs. In OT when
working with a patient with a motor disability knowing how the body moves and
what the mechanics of the movements are is extremely important. We need to
understand what is happening and why the body is moving in certain ways to
fully understand the disability.
next course on the contract is PS2010
General Psychology. This will help me understand psychology as a scientific
study. Having this knowledge is key to understanding the brain and how we
think. While treating other we need to know what they are thinking and how they
feel; this is important so we can design our intervention around the patient.
The next course is PS2010 Lifespan
Development Psychology. This course teaches the principles underlying
physical, cognitive, emotional and social development through the life-span.
Life is very predictable; OT’s need to understand predisposing conditions for
certain disabilities in life. PS4320
Abnormal Psychology teaches the causes and methods of treatment of the
major forms of psychopathology. This may be one of the most important classes on
my contract. As an OT our job is to work with people with disabilities and be
able to recognize their conditions and treat them in the best way possible. The next course is PS3170 Child Development. This course will discuss information
about an individual’s process of development from the end of infancy to the
beginning of adolescence. The content includes factors affecting intellectual,
social and physical development. This is also another key course because this
stage of life is a very sensitive period for developing problems throughout
life. OT’s also need to treat children so this course is very important. The
next course is PS3100 Adolescent Psychology.
The content that this course will hold will be the physical, intellectual,
social and ethical development between puberty and adulthood. It is important
for future occupational therapists to understand the development of the brain
and body throughout all stages of life since in the field we will be working
with varies populations of patients.
next course in my contract is S02220
Foundations of Sociology. In this course we will learn and analyze issues
that arise from social class, race, gender, religion and politics. This
information is needed because we need to understand how the lives and
environments of others can relate to certain disabilities. This information will
help me understand how the environment influences peoples’ behavior. The next
course in my contract is HE3220 Applied
Nutrition for Healthy Living. In this course we learn about fundamental
concepts of nutrition that are relevant to developing professionals in health
field. This course allows me to understand how foods effect healthy living. HE3700 Drug Behavior will help me understand
current scientific information regarding the relationship of drugs to mental
and physical health. This is another key course to my program of Pre-OT because
I will be working with patients that are prescribed varies drugs. Knowing what
certain drugs do and when to inform a patient to take certain drugs is key.
next course is SW3500 Health and
Sociology. In this course we will examine current issues and problems in
health, illness and health care delivery from a domestic and global
perspective. As professionals in the health field I feel as though is a
fundamental class we all should take. We need to understand the problems that people
face through issues that prevent healthy living. The next course is MA2300 Statistics. This course is my QRCO course and it consist of both
descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistics is important to every
discipline and its uses when interpreting data. In my program I can use it to
understand the evidence supporting OT research.
next course is BI4780 NeuroBiology. This
course examines the function of the nervous system in the brain and body. This
course is another key course to my program. As OT’s, we work with people who
have disabilities that mostly arise from nervous system dysfunction. It is
important to how abnormalities occur in the system. The next class is BI2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. This
class is another fundamental class that all health professionals need. This
course examines the systems with in of the entire human body and how they work.
Without this class every other health course I would take I would be lost
because I would not have the fundamental information. Lastly the last class on
my contract is BI2140 Human Anatomy and
Physiology Lab II. This class goes hand in hand with the lecture part of
A&P. It is just as important because it allows students to get hands on
experience to what they are learning in lecture. Without this lab it would be
hard to understand the concepts of the body because there is no visual aid to
correspond with the lecture information.
I know that Pre-Occupational Therapy was a very interdisciplinary major, but as I reviewed my contract I got to fully see just how many disciplinaries are incorporated into the program. The major’s key disciplines are biology and psychology, but there are others such as health and math. This is incredible to see because as an interdisciplinary program I believe the more disciplines that are intertwined together the more there is to be learned. I will take all this and mix it together with my previous knowledge to continue my pursuit of an OT degree.
I am currently in the last semester of my undergraduate. Everything is seemly falling into place, but that was not without a few hiccups. I had to figure out how I would take Neurobiology because the class was not offered this spring semester . I needed this class this semester to graduate on time because I have no room in my schedule. I had to fill out an individual enrollment and create an outline of the book and sit in on certain labs to be able to graduate on time. Thankfully, many professors and my adviser help me out and it all turned out well. Over winter break to start planning for graduate school. My two options are UNH and MCHPS; these are the only two schools in New Hampshire that offer a Masters in Occupational Therapy. I have fully completed my application for UNH and am currently waiting on the response right now. The deadline for MCHPS is on March 1st so I still have about a month to get everything in order. I am happy with my contract courses and I am starting to see how all these courses throughout different disciplines are coming together to create one large picture. A picture of seeing the same information, but from different perspectives. I am beyond ready to being Senior Seminar and close this chapter of undergrad and open a whole new one, furthering myself into the working world.